So This Is Suffering – Palace of the Pessimist (Deathcore)

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As I did the Enterprise Earth review yesterday I realized I’d totally forgotten some deathcore releases I’d even looked forward to review. One of those is So This Is Suffering’s Palace of the Pessimist. Being formed back in 2006 they are one of the oldest deathcore bands going (yes I know the scene isn’t that old), having released their first EP Harlot in 2009 and eventually their full-length debut A Deathscene on Delay in 2012. Despite being formed 11 years ago Palace of the Pessimist is the bands sophomore album, having had to wait five years for this record. So the question is, is this worth the wait? Will So This Is Suffering stand their ground in this ever so growing scene?

Sleeper Hold builds up the album, starting slow and groovy but that changes less than one minute in as it unleashes chaos. To follow it up Lecherous got the most wicked technical riffs quickly turning it into my favorite song on the album. After that great start you might wonder what’s next in line. My answer is it doesn’t get any better than that, does that mean the rest of the album is bad? No it means Lecherous is simply too good of a song in my opinion. Other high points for me are Columbine and Dreameater, both tracks that’s become music videos and are probably the two tracks that’s drawn you into listening to Palace of the Pessimist. Rest of the album is solid too and if this release came out almost any other year I would place it as a contender for deathcore album of the year. The competition is simply too fierce this year though, a good or great album won’t win this year. A freaking amazing album that blows you away will. Who knows though, some albums grows on you more with time and some you like less with time. I might change my opinion giving this album more spins the coming eight months. Time will tell.

What I do know is that So This Is Suffering is a band some people might take too lightly. Even with them being veterans within the genre I sometimes think they are overlooked. Don’t be that guy. So This Is Suffering is a band among the greats of deathcore and Palace of the Pessimist will make any headbanger happy.

So This Is Is Suffering’s sophomore album Palace of the Pessimist is out now through your favorite brutal label Unique Leader Records.

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For fans of: Boris the Blade and Fit For An Autopsy
Favorite song: Lecherous

Enterprise Earth – Embodiment (Deathcore)

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One of my favorite deathcore bands Enterprise Earth are back at it again! It seems like it’s been forever since they came out with Patient 0, one of my favorite deathcore albums ever, but it’s actually only been two years ago. Since the bands formation in 2014 they’ve had quite a lot of change in the line-up, however the core duo Dan Watson and BJ Sampson have always remained. So it’s with a fresh new line-up we get Embodiment, Enterprise Earth’s sophomore release.

Dan is as good as ever, remaining as one of my favorite deathcore vocalists. The shredding, beatdowns, utter brutality is greater than ever and I dare say this is Enterprise Earth’s best work yet. You got Mortem Incarnatum’s short but great guitar solo, Dan showcasing his vocal range together with the sweet tempo-changes. Temptress then in turn got some of the greatest riffs Enterprise Earth have had, and this is just the beginning of the album! They don’t hold back on anything with this album and you can tell they have been really fired up to get their sophomore album out bigger, meaner and better than ever. Every song on this album got something to offer to the whole album experience and it’s a joy to hear deathcore being created at this level, even if some voices in the music scene says it’s dying. You sometimes get vibes from Rings of Saturn and Infant Annihilator with the more technical riffs or utter brutality on Embodiment. Seeing Enterprise Earth got roots from those said bands that’s not strange though and just adds to the wide range of skills they show.

Fans of deathcore be wary. This is a big year for the genre, Aversions Crown started it off early on with a wicked release, having had the likes of Lorna Shore, So This Is Suffering, Fit For An Autopsy and now Enterprise Earth to follow that road of greatness. And there’s more coming from bands such as Oceano and Shadow of Intent! Safe to say this is a year where it will be very hard to pick your deathcore album of the year.

This is an album deathcore followers would do best not to miss. Enterprise Earth – Embodiment is out now through Stay Sick Recordings.

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For fans of: Angelmaker and Aversions Crown
Favorite song: Temptress

Argus Megere – VEII (Atmospheric Black Metal)

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Haunting yet beautiful. That’s the first words that comes into my mouth when listening to Argus Megere’s fourth (three as Argus Megere, one as Argus) full-length album VEII. In all honesty I’d not heard of them before stumbling upon them when browsing through atmospheric black metal music on youtube. The band was created all the way back in 1996 as Argus before changing name to Argus Megere in 2005. This is also, to my knowledge, the very first band I listen to from Romania which I find quite cool (I’ve been meaning to go through a band from each country some day).

Close to 48 minutes long featuring four tracks that’s sure to grab your attention VEII is an album not to take lightly. While listening to it I get a lot of Moonsorrow and especially Falkenbach vibes (due to the vocals) coming from it. It’s basically good atmospheric black metal with some elements that really sticks out (the clocks ringing on Tabla as an example) and they make it mix in well together.

The guitar solo in Umbre din piatra apuse is one of my favorite parts from the whole album and it’s exactly that which makes me pick that song above the rest. Close second I would say is Tabla, yet another class track that’s sure to become many atmospheric black metal fans favorite this year. Hard choice between the two for me really.

All in all this is a good atmospheric black metal album I found today that I had to share with you guys. Argus Megere is an Romanian act more should know about that’s for sure. VEII is out now through Loud Rage Music.

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For fans of: Falkenbach and Moonsorrow
Favorite song: Umbre din piatra apuse

Kaunis Kuolematon – Vapaus (Melodic Doom/Death Metal)

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Ending my days with pure Finnish music we slow it down a notch and go for a doom twist in Finlands melodic death metal heaven. Kaunis Kuolematon is Finnish for “Beautiful Immortal” and in many ways I think this shows in their music. Singing purely in Finnish it’s a band that doesn’t get much attention outside Finland but here is me hoping that is soon to change. Vapaus is Kaunis Kuolematon’s second release after their 2014 debut Kylmä kaunis maailma received quite a bit of praise for being one of the better death/doom debuts these past years. Being compared to Swallow the Sun in the process, which proves these rockers got a lot of talent. Vapaus hopefully continues that road and elevates the bands sound even more.

Eloton is a sweet introduction to Kaunis Kuolematon where the harsh and clean vocals works in great symphony and this is the type of death/doom combination I’ve come to love from the Nordic countries. Hurskas continue that right up until 2:20 in where it takes a turn and all of a sudden becomes a beautiful acoustic medley building up for fantastic guitar plays and riffs. Yksin is, in my humble opinion, the song that gets to me the most. It’s a beautiful ballad with lyrics that saddens you but also gives you hope, it’s simply stunning. What’s more is that the song smoothly transition to Tuhottu elämä which initially ups the tempo and brings you more of that headbang worthy riffing. The way Kaunis Kuolematon changes the tempo during the album really does makes me think of Swallow the Sun, one of the best death/doom bands out there. Ikuinen ikävä is the heaviest song on Vapaus and if it wasn’t for Yksin being one of the best songs I’ve heard all year it would be my favorite song on the album. It definitely got the best instrumental elements in my ears. Ikaros is yet another good slow paced song but it’s the next two tracks that grabs my attention the most. Arvet, one more track with very powerful lyrics along with great music, quickly becoming another favorite of mine. Sanat jotka jäivär sanomatta ends the album in a great way, a magnificent ballad where the use of clean and harsh vocals really shines. Ending this sad journey of war, life and death with memories of your loved ones being there forever.

Last year I had October Tide’s Winged Waltz as my favorite doom album release. This year I can sense Vapus grabbing that spot. Kaunis Kuolematon uses a formula that works and melodic doom/death doesn’t get much better than this in my opinion. Vapaus is out now through Haminian Sounds. Knowing Finnish or not I still suggest you get it!

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For fans of: Swallow the Sun and Barren Earth
Favorite song: Yksin

Damnation Plan – Reality Illusion (Melodic Death Metal)

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Continuing my Finnish journey and looking for new releases from upcoming bands we next have Damnation Plan. For some this might not be a new act as the band was actually formed back in 2004. Featuring members from MyGrain and Wintersun they are not a band to take lightly though. Their debut didn’t show its light until 2013 with The Wakening (fitting name since they took their time), an album that received a lot of praise. To follow the groundwork laid down by their debut the band has worked hard for four years to release an even better album in Reality Illusion. Now the question is, have Damnation Plan taken a step further or not?

The intro and Beyond These Walls works as a good introduction to the album, greeting its listeners with a flurry of riffs, great combination of harsh and clean vocals which gives you that classic Gothenburg melodic death metal feeling a la Soilwork, Scar Symmetry or Disarmonia Mundi. Tommy Tuovinen (ex-MyGrain) and Asim Searah (Wintersun) stands out throughout this whole album. This is a duo that can pull of a wide range of vocals together and it makes Damnation Plan have an edge on some other upcoming acts. Coming into Rise of the Messenger their teamwork is extra notable and it’s a great example on what they can pull off together. Add to the fact that Antti Lauri, Jarkko Lunnas, Kalle Niininen and Jukka Vehkamaa does some great musical performances then you got yourself a band truly on the rise. On Blinded Faith I think the band really comes into sync with both the song, riffs and melodies making it quickly becomes one of my favorite songs on the album. The Empowerment works as a great intermission and purely instrumental track that showcase the talent within the band.

Second half of the album starts with Maze of Despair, the albums ballad and where Asim Searah shines extra bright (might be because of his past as a singer in power metal band Kiuas). It’s almost like coming to the second act of a play, when listening to it I get Edguy vibes from that song. Interesting song choice on the album actually, might feel out of place to some but I thought it was a cool touch that makes you see Damnation Plan from another side. To be fair there are some power metal elements here and there so I am not that surprised with a ballad of that caliber. Next song Iron Curtain Falls is back to the melodic death metal sound with some sweet added synth to it that then turns into the best solo on the album at 3:40. Reality Illusion, The Final Destination and Don’t Talk to Strangers (another song where I get a lot of power metal vibes from) finishes off the album on a high note. All three being of quite high quality, keeps on giving great riffs, sweet sounding vocals and headbanging material. With The Final Destination being by far the longest song on the album, clocking in at 8:26, it features just about a barrage of everything. That being said it isn’t actually my favorite song (still great though) it’s instead a tie between Blinded Faith and Iron Curtain Falls. The two songs where I think Damnation Plan shows their full potential.

I enjoyed this album, it’s better than their debut and Damnation Plan really feels like a band that can become a new big melodeath export from Finland. Their melodic death metal sound sticks out from most out there, especially with the power metal elements and ballads that are smoothly inserted into the mix. Reality Illusion is out now from Inverse Records!

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For fans of: MyGrain and Soilwork
Favorite song: Blinded Faith

Drearyym – Precursions (Melodic Death Metal)

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I’ve reviewed some of the more seasoned bands from Finland so far with Noumena, Mors Principium Est and Wolfheart already granting us sweet melodic death metal releases. Now it’s time to go tapping into the talent pool of new and upcoming acts starting with Drearyym. Drearyym were formed in 2014 and has since then already been able to produce two EP’s and the full-length debut I am about to review Precursions. Precursions features the two songs from the bands second EP Precursions Part I as well as four new tracks. It’s actually quite astonishing that Drearyym are still alive and kicking after the rocky road the band has had with members coming and going during these three years, having had an especially hard time to find a stable drummer in the lineup. Not many bands that find the motivation to keep on going when the start hasn’t been what you might have thought it would be.

To start off these 45 minutes of Nordic tales and great wars is the 3 minute intro Draugr March. It works as a soft introduction to the album that fills it’s role with fantasy like sounding music that tells of the battles that are to come. It’s with In Obsidian we really hear what Drearyym are all about. The growling technique Leevi Kuunila does and battle-fuelled melodic death metal music you hear is influenced by the type of music you’ve heard the Finnish bands Brymir, Turisas and Frosttide perform. Bands I enjoy listening to so that isn’t a bad thing. 1.50 into In Obsidian the song takes a rather interesting turn, carnival music starts playing and it’s actually a smooth transition that doesn’t feel forced in and eventually fades out. A cool touch in my opinion. Nine Divines acoustic intro is a beautiful start that later turns into a brutal symphonic warzone just to five minutes in get some nice piano music together with a sweet guitar solo. These elements makes this song my favorite ones on the album and shows some of the bands diverse style in epic melodic death metal.

Hunter’sTale and Old Barn are also good songs and once Precursions is over I am feeling quite satisfied with Drearyym’s debut. It may not be perfect but for a debut from a band that’s already had some lineup struggles this is solid. Precursions is out now as an independent digital release.

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For fans of: Frosttide and Brymir
Favorite song: Nine Divines

Wolfheart – Tyhjyys (Melodic Death Metal)

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Next up in my melodic death metal spree from Finland we have Wolfheart. A band that features one of my favorite musicians Tuomas Saukkonen due to his work with Before the Dawn, one of the greatest melodic death metal bands to come out from Finland in my opinion. Wolfheart were formed in 2013 as a solo project by Toumas (just like his other bands began) but in 2014 he decided to disband all his other bands in order to fully focus on Wolfheart. I may have labeled Noumena, Mors Principium Est and now Wolfheart with the melodic death metal genre but they all sound very different. Wolfheart is definitely the more brutal sounding of the trio with it’s fast blast beats, Tuomas harsh growling style and overall more heavy sound. Calling it winter metal it’s no surprise it is heavy and brutal, while keeping it melodic and even featuring soothing flute play on The Flood, Wolfheart are great at capturing the essence of winter with it’s melancholy harsh style.

If you’ve heard Tuomas Saukkonen work before then you can know what to expect. It’s high quality music with a lot of catchy melodies to it. Shores of the Lake Simpele is a nice three minute intro, building up the atmosphere for Boneyard, the first single that came out from the album and in my opinion the high point of Tyhjyys. The orchestrations and acoustic passages that are common elements in an Wolfheart album are better than ever and it really helps setting the tone for this cold winter release. That or the beautiful tunes on The Flood, that’s both dark and sad but yet gorgeous. The lyrics are dark, from what I’ve read it’s partially due to Tuomas personal struggles over the years which makes sense, I think the more you can relate to the music you write the better you can show those emotions on the songs.

As a fan of Tuomas Saukkonen’s work I knew I would like this release. I think this is one of his best creations as of yet with Wolfheart and it’s a solid melodic death metal album. It might not be as good as some of his work with Before the Dawn and Black Sun Aeon, but that’s insanly hard to top. Finland is having a superb 2017 already getting some pretty great albums out. Fans of the darker side of melodeath will love Tyhjyys. It’s Tuomas putting out one of his best releases in years with the atmosphere of winter metal being colder than ever before. Every single song is good by themself and they showcase quite different aspects of both nature and battles.

Tyhjyys is out now through the legendary Finnish label Spinefarm Records.

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For fans of: Insomnium and Before the Dawn
Favorite song: Boneyard